“SONG FOR EWE”
with SIMON “DING” ARCHER of THE FALL
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.
Today continuing our April Fall month, although you should be aware that The Fall are not just for a month, they’re forever, and possibly the only band you’ll ever need, it’s a man who goes by the nicknames of “Dingo” or “Ding”. He plays bass, keyboards, banjo but is also nifty as an engineer/producer.
He joined The Fall in 2003, replacing Jim Watts on bass and playing on “Green Eyed Loco Man”, “The Theme From Sparta FC#2”, “Mad Mock Goth” and “Portugal” on “The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click)”. He left briefly to join PJ Harvey’s band and returned to the fold for 2005’s “The Fall Heads Roll”, playing, producing and as sound man on tour. Also involved in the engineering on “Imperial Wax Solvent”, he’s jumped in live loads, and has intermittently been involved studio-side in a lot of the band’s recent output including “Your Future, Our Clutter”, “Ersatz GB” and working with Grant Showbiz on 2013’a “Re-Mit” and last year’s brilliant “Sub-Lingual Tablet” where he also added his voice to the vinyl version of “Dedication Not Medication”. It’s one-time PJ, one time Pixie (bass on “Indie Cindy”), forever Fall, Mr. Simon “Ding” Archer…
I asked Simon what he’s been up to lately…so without me blathering on stuff you could read on Wiki, or probably know already, here’s what he says:
But what is Simon’s “song for ewe”, without further ado it’s over to Ding:
“My song for ewe right now would be “Alien” by 1919.
I got into this Bradford-based band in the early 80’s through repeated plays on the John Peel Show and I’ve had it on repeat for the last few weeks now, after catching them live in Manchester back in February for the first time in 30 odd years.
Being the cheeky sod that I am, after the show, I asked them if they would be up for performing at my then forthcoming birthday bash the following month and very,very kindly they agreed, going on to dedicate this song to me during another blistering show. They’re recently resurrected and I highly recommend catching them.”
THANKYOU SIMON, MUCH APPRECIATED…